For Memories’ Sake investigates the life and work of Angela Singer, a Southern homemaker and grandmother who has taken an average of a dozen photos a day for the last 35 years, compiling a mysterious and strange archive of over 150,000 photographs of her daily life.

In this half-hour documentary, Angela Singer’s life and hobby of photography is explored through the lens of her granddaughter, filmmaker Ashley Maynor. As the film investigates one Southern homemaker’s obsession with the photographic image, it asks questions about photography as a form of memory and captures a cross-generational portrait of two Southern women whose lives as image-makers have taken very different paths.

While the film largely tells the story of one homemaker and photographer, Angela’s images speak, however incompletely, for the countless other women of her generation whose lives of pain, happiness, and searching in the rural South have rarely been documented.


Though the film shooting has finished, Angela’s picture-taking and Ashley’s filmmaking continues!

You can catch up with filmmakers Ashley Maynor and Paul Harrill by subscribing to the Self-Reliant Film Blog, where they blog about regional, DIY filmmaking and their film projects.

You can also browse your favorite photos from the film or see Angie’s latest snapshots on her Flickr Stream. (You can subscribe to the RSS here.)

Please feel free to leave comments on the photos you find there!


The production of For Memories' Sake was made possible by a grant from the Southern Humanities Media Fund.

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